July 24, 2019

Data shows disproportionate number of offenders live in impoverished neighborhoods, and community organizers aren’t happy about it.

The laws requiring the names of convicted sex offenders nationwide to be catalogued, and available to the public, bear the names of children sexually assaulted and murdered by predators who had committed sex offenses before. The goal was to prevent the same from happening to other children.

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December 18, 2018

A Hennepin County judge has ruled an ordinance in Dayton restricting where convicted sex offenders can establish residence in the city is preempted by state law.

The ordinance, which was passed by Dayton's City Council in October, 2016, makes it illegal for any "designated offender" to establish temporary or permanent residence within 2,000 feet of any school, licensed day care center and seasonal pumpkin patch or apple orchard...

A registered sex offender who sued a Twin Cities suburb over its restrictions on where he could live will receive $84,000 as part of a settlement agreement.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Tunheim's order dismissed Thomas Wayne Evenstad's lawsuit against West St. Paul on Monday, The Pioneer Press reports.

"In all honesty, I think it's poetic justice," Evenstad said.

Evenstad filed the lawsuit in August after authorities told...

November 30, 2017

On Oct. 2, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in Snyder v Doe, a decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said that Michigan’s sex offender registration law violated the Ex Post Facto Clause’s ban on retroactive punishment. The law restricted where former sex offenders could live.

The 6th Circuit is at odds with many other opinions that have rejected constitutional challenges to sex of...

May 25, 2017

Thursday was National Missing Children's Day, a day meant to highlight the problem of child abduction.

And while there have been advancements in laws and technology to keep children safe and help families, an organization known for protecting kids thinks says we spend too much money in at least one area.

"There is huge hysteria around released sex offenders when they are not usually the problem," said Alison Feigh, the program d...

Nobody wants sex offenders in their neighborhood.

That’s the difficulty facing the state, which expects additional court-ordered placements of clients currently in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter. To date, only six have been provisionally discharged. Another 725 remain in treatment at St. Peter and Moose Lake.

Of those 725, 82 are nearing release. Nobody wants sex offenders in their neighborhood.That’s the diffic...

Last summer, Artrell Jones got a notice from the Milwaukee Police Department: He had to move out of his north side rental home.

Jones, a registered sex offender, hadn’t done anything to violate the terms of his sentence, which stemmed from groping a 13-year-old girl he met online when he was 19. In fact, Jones had stayed out of trouble since his conviction in 2002.

The notice alerted Jones that a new Milwaukee ordinance had gone...

January 12, 2016

FALLS CITY – City council discussed and took action on whether or not to draft an ordinance restricting the distance a registered sex offender(s) can live to a school or a licensed daycare.

Joan Stoller, the resident that requested the agenda item, spoke again on how she believed this particular ordinance would protect children in the community. Stoller originally requested the agenda item after a registered sex offender had mo...

[Kentucky] Gov. Beshear’s recent decision to restore voting rights to many felons is an encouraging step toward criminal justice reform. The governor listed a litany of reasons why ‘it makes no sense" to deny opportunities to those seeking to rebuild their lives after serving out their sentences. He cited a key study that those whose rights are restored are less likely to commit another crime.

 

Though this signifies a significa...

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July 24, 2019

Data shows disproportionate number of offenders live in impoverished neighborhoods, and community organizers aren’t happy about it.

The laws requiring the names of convicted sex offenders nationwide to be catalogued, and available to the public, bear the names of children sexually assaulted and murdered by predators who had committed sex offenses before. The goal was to prevent the same from happening to other children.

The Jaco...

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